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The Venkatraman Memorial Trust is appealing to supporters to give £10 a month to help children in Kovalam, a village in southern India.

The trust, set up by Sylvia Holder in memory of a child she had sponsored who was killed in a road accident, works to provide educational facilities to children in Kovalam. Through its newsletter the trust is aiming to raise funds to help those still affected by the tsunami. It tells the story of Lavinia and Sonia, who both lost the main breadwinners in their families. The letter appeals for funds to pay for school fees, uniform, term-time food, textbooks, excursions and birthday presents for pupils.

The Blue Cross animal charity has launched a Sponsor-A-Pony scheme to raise money and give people a Christmas gift idea. For a minimum annual donation of £15, the scheme will allow someone to sponsor a horse or pony at one of the charity's centres. In return they will receive a welcome pack, personal updates and opportunities to visit the horse.

Cancer Research UK is hoping to make £300,000 from the sale of King Kong pin badges, which will be launched to coincide with the release of the film on 15 December. The charity has obtained the licence to produce four unique King Kong badges to help raise funds. They will be available at a number of high-street retailers, including Peacocks, Wilkinsons and Murco. Point-of-sale boxes situated close to tills will feature images and the logo from the movie. Proceeds will go towards CRUK's research work.

The RSPCA is mailing 500,000 supporters with a Christmas appeal in the hope of raising more than £1m. Developed by Whitewater marketing agency, the mailing explains how RSPCA volunteers, inspectors and staff will be working throughout the Christmas holiday caring for thousands of abandoned and abused animals. The letter asks for a cash donation and asks supporters to send a message of support to those at the RSPCA who will be working over the holiday by signing and returning a Christmas card included in the pack. The cards will be distributed to centres throughout the country.

georgina.lock@haynet.com.

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